What is traditionally mainland Britain’s first flower and plant show of the year was held for the last time – at least for the time being – at St John’s Hall in Penzance.
The hall is being shut for 12 months for a multi-million pound refurbishment and a decision has yet to be made where next year’s and ensuing shows will be held.
Organised by the West Cornwall Horticultural Society for the past 90 years, if this was the final show at St John’s Hall, then it went out with a quite a flourish with the lack of severe frost resulting in some spectacular displays from exhibitors.
Christine Ede, the show’s retiring secretary, said: “It was a great success – it all went very well as we had lovely weather and lots of lovely blooms.
“The gales we had earlier in the year were obviously a problem for gardeners but the buds that did come out were not spotted so we had some excellent displays of camellias, magnolias and daffodils.”
Most successful exhibitor was once again Trewidden Gardens and head gardener Richard Morton picked up no less than nine cups including one for best in show and one for the most points.